EMPORIA, Kan. (KSNW) – A dangerous animal accidentally caused a Kansas teen to shoot himself.

According to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), around 12:45 a.m. Sunday, a 16-year-old boy from Harford was headed down an embankment to the Dry Creek stream in Emporia with fishing gear and a .22 caliber handgun when he was startled by a dangerous animal. The boy fell while trying to back away from the animal and discharged the firearm, striking himself in the lower left leg.

The LCSO did not disclose what kind of dangerous animal it was.

The teen was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and later released.

The LCSO would like to remind all individuals when carrying or using firearms to use safe practices and be mindful of their surroundings.